Multiple Sclerosis: Medicines for Depression
Reference Depression Opens New Window is the most common mental health problem in people who have Reference multiple sclerosis (MS) Opens New Window. It may result from having a chronic disease or may be a side effect of certain MS medicines, such as interferon beta. Depression may be treated with:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as fluoxetine (Prozac) or sertraline (Zoloft). These medicines may also make the person more alert and help reduce fatigue.
- Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline, desipramine (Norpramin), or imipramine (Tofranil).
There are other antidepressant medicines in addition to those listed above. Your doctor can help identify ones that are best for your situation, based on your symptoms, other medicines you are taking, and other health problems you may have.
FDA advisory. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Reference advisory on antidepressant medicines and the risk of suicide. The FDA does not recommend that people stop using these medicines. Instead, a person taking antidepressants should be watched for Reference warning signs of suicide. This is especially important at the beginning of treatment or when the doses are changed.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference February 15, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Barrie J. Hurwitz, MD - Neurology